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Comparison of Measured Data From the HDR-T51 Gas Fire Tests to Predictions Made by CFAST.


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Floyd, J. E.; Wolf, L.

International Conference on Fire Research and Engineering (ICFRE2), Second (2nd). Proceedings. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). August 3-8, 1997, Gaithersburg, MD, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Boston, MA, 37-48 pp, 1998.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Keywords:

fire research; predictive models; fire protection engineering; fire tests; test fires; containment; zone models

Abstract:

The HDR test facility in Karlstein, Germany, was a decommissioned, research reactor whose containment building was converted into a test bed for containment safety studies. One test series involved burning various types and amounts of fuel at different levels inside the facility. The first fire test group was the T51 gas fire tests which burned propane premixed with air. Major objectives of the T51 tests were to assess what fire loads could be tolerated without damaging the facility's structural integrity, to determine the ability of the facility's ventilation system to remove combustion products and allow reentry of personnel, and to collect basic data on fire induced heat and mass transfer for the purpose of evaluating computer fire codes.